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May 12, 2010 8:23 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Teacher tenure bill appears likely to pass

A proposal to change the way teachers earn and keep tenure appears likely to pass before lawmakers adjourn for the year.

The bill passed an initial vote in the House late Tuesday by a vote of 36-29. It came about 45 minutes before the midnight deadline to keep the bill alive for another vote on Wednesday, the final day of the legislative session.

Former teachers serving in the House have been vocal opponents of the bill. Democratic Rep. Nancy Todd of Aurora told lawmakers the bill has sent a message to teachers that education is "all up to them."

But Democratic Rep. Christine Scanlan of Silverthorne said the current system isn't working, pointing to the 50 percent dropout rate among minority students.

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